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Aiken Civic Orchestra concert will feature new music, conductors Saturday

Aiken Civic Orchestra continues its 10th season with a concert of new music titled "New Year, New Voices" at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center.

Featuring works from members of the Aiken Composers Guild, this collaboration began two years ago with a concert of new music for the string orchestra in February 2020 and was the last concert Aiken Civic Orchestra presented before the pandemic halted performances. Saturday's concert Saturday will feature works for full orchestra to include winds, brass and percussion.

"We are in such a unique position to present new music from living composers in our area," said ACO Music Director Adam DePriest. "This is such a testament to the quality of life we have here in Aiken to have such a thriving arts scene."

The Aiken Composers Guild was established in 2019 by Dr. Mark Hollingsworth and Dr. Richard Maltz with a mission to "inspire, create and cultivate new music." Hollingsworth is the dean of the USC Aiken College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Additionally, three guest conductors will be highlighted as they lead the orchestra in the new works. Sharing the podium will be David Gordon, Baha Lee and Teresa Strobel. The three guest conductors are currently graduate conducting students of Dr. Scott Weiss at the University of South Carolina.

"Aiken Civic Orchestra is proud to showcase up and coming talent," said DePriest. "Not only does this help provide these young conductors and composers a platform, but this is good for the growth of the orchestra and audience to experience different musical ideas. It is a chance to discover more about ourselves and others."

General admission tickets are $20, and students are admitted free. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Etherredge Center Box Office at 803-641-3305.

USC Aiken currently requires masks when indoors.

For more information about Aiken Civic Orchestra, visit aikencivicorchestra.org or fb.com/aikencivicorchestra.


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